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Tips After a Car Accident in BC

I’m sorry to hear that you or someone you know were in a car accident. It’s important to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally after such an event. It is stressful to be involved in a car accident no mater as passenger, driver, or just bike or walk. It's essential to prioritize safety and follow a series of steps to ensure your well-being. Your mental and physical health are interconnected.


You might experience some common symptoms after being in a car accident including:

Psychological Symptoms: Fear of driving or sitting in a car, hard trusting others; Panic attacks; Difficulty sleeping; struggling with flashbacks and nightmares; Fatigue, sensitivity to noise and light; Muscle tension and headaches; Irritability, low mood, frustration.

Cognitive Symptoms: Memory Issues; Difficulty Concentrating.

Behavioural Changes: Social Withdrawal; Changes in Appetite; Avoidance of Driving.


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  1. Seek Medical Attention and follow Medical Recommendations

  2. Reach out for Professional Support early

  3. Take Your Time

  4. Connect with Supportive People

  5. Practice Self-Care and self-compassion

  6. Gradual Exposure to Driving

  7. Acknowledge and Express Your Feelings

  8. Consider Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

  9. Set Realistic Goals

  10. Educate Yourself

  11. Stay active

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Remember that recovery is a unique process for each individual.

Book your treatments as soon as possible. Enhanced Care from ICBC automatically covers you for pre-approved treatments in the first 12 weeks, including ICBC supported counselling. Find out more https://www.icbc.com/claims/injury/accessing-treatment-during-your-first-12-weeks-of-recovery

I hope these tips help you in your recovery. Please take care of yourself and reach out to a healthcare provider if you need further assistance.

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